Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881. Four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine were there at Western's inception.
In 1916, the current campus was purchased from the Kingsmill family, and in 1923 the university was renamed The University of Western Ontario.
Since that first class graduated in 1883, the university has become a vibrant centre of learning. Through 12 faculties and three affiliated university colleges, Western today offers its 36,000-plus students more than 400 specializations, majors and minors.
It was at Western where Sir Frederick Banting rose from a restless sleep in 1920 and wrote out 25 words that led to his discovery of insulin.
It was at Western where Canada’s first French Immersion program was established at Trois-Pistoles, Québec, in 1932 – a program that continues today.
It was at Western where researchers led by Ivan Smith developed the world’s first ‘cobalt bomb’ to treat cancer in 1951. This discovery increased the cure rate for cervical cancer to 75 per cent from 25 per cent.
And while our excellence roots itself in history, Western continues to eye the next-generation discoveries.
Western, a leader in wind engineering since 1965, testing such structures as the World Trade Center, Sears Tower and Jakarta Tower. Western Engineering will continue its dominance with the opening of the WindEEE Dome research facility.
Western leads at home and abroad thanks to construction of a state-of-the-art Richard Ivey School of Business in 2012. North America’s first business school campus opened in Hong Kong in 1998.
Western has continued to push innovation. In 2012 a HIV vaccine developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang received approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration to start human clinical trials. Western has been a medical advancement leader since 1878.
1. Unique Programs & Academic Choices
11 Faculties and a School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
More than 400 undergraduate programs and 88 different graduate degree programs
2. Award-Winning Faculty and Staff
3,870 dedicated faculty and staff. View the President's Honour Roll.
Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide
3. Bright, Diverse & Satisfied Students
More than 39,400 students from 121 countries around the world
23 Rhodes scholarship recipients have come from Western
4. First-Rate Residence System
Nine residences and three residence styles: traditional, suite-style and hybrid-style
Meal plans to suit your tastes and dietary requirements
5. Exceptional Financial Support
Guaranteed Admission Scholarships for high-achieving high school students
National Scholarships valued from $30,000 to $65,000
6. Classroom Connections to Real-World Experiences
Connect with local and global communities
Kickstart your career
Track and showcase your experiences
7. Support Networks for Work Experience
Gain work experience
Explore your career options
8. Global Connections
Gain the experience employers are looking for.
9. A Beautiful Campus
Founded in 1878, Western is one of the most picturesque campuses in North America. Situated along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario - Canada’s eleventh largest city with a population of 383,000 - Western’s gothic architecture and our ivy-covered campus blend in seamlessly with 1,200 acres of rolling hills and endless scenic locations to study, chat with friends or relax.
10. The Western Guarantee
An Extraordinary Student Experience
English Language Requirements
You are encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and at the latest before March 2020. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2018 may not be accepted.
Note: English language proficiency requirements for admission to Undergraduate Nursing programs are different than requirements for other programs at Western. Please refer to Nursing's website for further information.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office reserves the right to require any applicant to write a test of English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you will be required to write one of the following acceptable English language proficiency tests:
IELTS Academic is required with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.
We only accept scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. To send us your scores, contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your scores be submitted electronically to our account via the IELTS Results Service.
You must provide the following information to your test center when submitting:
IELTS Results Service Account name: Western University
2.TOEFL Internet based (iBT), Paper-based (PBT) and the TWE
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on several dates at a number of locations throughout the world.
The minimum score required on the internet-based TOEFL is 83 with no score below 20, and a 550 on the paperbased test with a 5 on the TWE.
We only accept scores submitted electronically by the TOEFL test center. Western's Institution Code for TOEFL is 0984. Please leave the department code blank to ensure that it is received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
The Pearson Test of English Academic offered by Pearson is a computer-based test for English study abroad that is offered in various countries internationally.
A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) offered* by the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute, is an acceptable English as a foreign language (EFL) examination and is administered monthly at authorized test centres in various countries.
A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78.
Note: The MELAB is no longer being offered by Michigan Language Assessment. Michigan Language Assessment will discontinue accepting score report requests in July 2020.
The CanTEST is managed by the University of Ottawa and is offered in various provinces within Canada.
A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0.
A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.
7. The English Language Centre at Western University a.) The Academic English Program at the English Language Centre at Western University. Successful completion of the High Advanced Level at the English Language Centre at Western University may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of the Academic English program, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
b.) The English Boost Program at the English Language Center at Western University. The English Boost program is designed for students who have been offered conditional admission to Western based on their academic background but who fall just below Western’s English language proficiency requirements. The English Boost program begins in early July and provides nine weeks of training prior to the start of undergraduate degree programs in September to give students the ‘boost’ they need to meet Western’s English proficiency requirements and succeed in their degree. Applicants to Western’s Main Campus are automatically considered for Boost if they are deemed academically admissible and are just below the English language proficiency requirements. No additional application is required.
8. Fanshawe College ESL Program
The English as a Second Language Program offered by Fanshawe College may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students who receive a final grade of 'A' in Level Ten of the program at the time of application to The University of Western Ontario are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency. Students may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of Level Ten at Fanshawe, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
Successful completion of the Level 7 at CultureWorks may be used as proof of English language proficiency. Individuals who apply to CultureWorks may be considered for conditional admission to attend Western after successful completion of Level 7 at CultureWorks, provided that they meet the academic requirements for admission to Western.
10. Brescia Preliminary Year + Language
Successful completion of the Brescia Preliminary Year + Language program may be used as proof of English Language proficiency. Students who achieve a minimum grade of 75% in each language course at the time of application to The University of Western Ontario are considered to demonstrate the level of English language proficiency required for admission and will not be required to provide further proof of English language proficiency.
International President's Entrance Scholarships
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
As part of the National Scholarship Program, three scholarships worth $50,000 each are available to exceptional international students. Selection is based on outstanding academic performance, creative and innovative thought, and significant achievement in extracurricular activities. Students must complete a National Scholarship application which includes an essay and a nomination from their school. The application is available in mid-November. Visit our Office of the Registrarwebpage for additional information.
Western’s Admission Scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission to Western. No application is required to be considered for these scholarships.
In order to be eligible for an admission scholarship, a student must apply for admission directly from secondary school to Western's main campus for full-time first-year studies. See the Office of the Registrar Admission Scholarships website below for full details and specifications.
Total of $2,500
($1,500 in first year, plus $1,000
for optional study abroad experience)
92.0% to 100.0%
Total of $3,500
($2,500 in first year, plus $1,000
for optional study abroad experience)
Awarded based on the top high school admission averages
Total of $8,000
($6,000 in first year, plus $2,000
for an optional study abroad experience.)
Beyond First Year: Scholarships for Upper Year Students
After international students complete one year of study at Western, they become eligible for In-Course Scholarships and Awards, which are awarded based on previous performance in classes at Western and current registration.
Other Scholarships for International Students
A number of other bursaries and awards are designated specifically for international students. These awards range in value and include scholarships based on a demonstrated need, as well as awards connected to specific countries of origin. To explore these awards, please visit the Office of the Registrar Student Awards database and enter "International Students" in the search bar.
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